15 episodes

The Podcast of the Religion and Socialism Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America

Religious Socialism Podcast DSA Religion and Socialism Commission

    • Religion & Spirituality

The Podcast of the Religion and Socialism Commission of the Democratic Socialists of America

    Maxine Phillips: Leader of the DSA's Religion and Socialism Working Group

    Maxine Phillips: Leader of the DSA's Religion and Socialism Working Group

    Maxine Phillips leads DSA’s religion and socialism working group nationally. She is a retired executive editor of Dissent, former DSA national director, and current volunteer editor of "Democratic Left."
    She has been part of DSA since the late 70's and oversaw the Religion & Socialism print newsletter for decades, which included articles from Cornel West, Arthur Waskow, and Dorothy Sollee. This interview captures lots of her insights on the differences between each generation of DSA, and reflections on the parallels and differences between church and socialist spaces.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Daniel Soyer on Jewish Labor Bund History in Europe and America (Part II)

    Daniel Soyer on Jewish Labor Bund History in Europe and America (Part II)

    Daniel Soyer is professor at Fordham and a scholar of American Jewish history. He is a co-editor, along with Irena Klepfisz, of The Stars Bear Witness: The Jewish Labor Bund 1897 - 2017. Our interview with him is the second of a two-part series on the Jewish Labor Bund; it covers the origins and operations of the Bund in Eastern Europe, American Bundist history, as well as how Jewish immigrant communities formed the backbone of socialist political activity in NYC and throughout America.

    Our music is “Made and Broken” by Hugel.
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    • 1 hr 17 min
    The Warsaw Uprising Anniversary, Part 1: Irena Klepfisz, Jewish Lesbian Poet and Activist

    The Warsaw Uprising Anniversary, Part 1: Irena Klepfisz, Jewish Lesbian Poet and Activist

    Today, April 19th, is the 76th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It was the largest single revolt by Jews during WWII and it was mostly organized by the Bund, a secular Jewish socialist movement. Irena Klepfisz was born in the Warsaw Ghetto and fled with her mother to the United States when she was eight. She is now a noted poet, writer, Yiddish translator, anti-occupation activist, known for her work in lesbian, feminist and Jewish spaces. This personal interview touches on Irena's childhood, the "zeitgeist" of American Jewish bundist life, coming out in the 1970's, her activism against Israel's occupation, and how she makes sense of the contemporary resurgence of interest in Yiddish. Part 2 of this interview series will feature Daniel Soyer, who will provide a historical and academic perspective on the Jewish Labor Bund.

    • 55 min
    Lutheran climate organizer Shay O'Reilly on demonic forces, white supremacy and climate change

    Lutheran climate organizer Shay O'Reilly on demonic forces, white supremacy and climate change

    How do we fight the demonic principalities behind climate change? Shay O’Reilly is an organizer for renewable energy in NYC, a DSA member, a Lutheran, and a graduate of UnionTheological Seminary. We chat with him on why he believes in demonic powers (see: white supremacy), why fighting climate change necessarily means fighting for socialism, how he got into environmental issues through anti-poverty work, as well as his experience of converting to Christianity shortly after coming out as trans and gay. Yes, it’s a packed episode! Follow him on Twitter @shaygabriel

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Storyteller Kelli Dunham on her journey from nun to nurse and queer comedian

    Storyteller Kelli Dunham on her journey from nun to nurse and queer comedian

    This is an equal parts hilarious and insightful episode of Religious Socialism podcast. Kelli Dunham is an author, comedian and storyteller — she’s the founder of Queer Memoir, a storytelling series for the queer community and stand-up comedian. But in this podcast, she recounts her religious history — from her childhood attending drive-in churches in Florida, her time at a gay conversion camp, and seven years as a nun in the Missionaries of Charity. Between laughs, she reaches some poignant truths about similarities in the socialist ethic among churches and queer communities, and how laughter can be a healing force. See below to learn more about Kelli Dunham and the podcast:

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    Religious Socialism Podcast is hosted by Sarah Ngu and produced by Devin Briski. Our music is “Made and Broken” by Hugel.

    • 51 min
    Rabbi Michael Feinberg on multi-faith labor organizing and what he learned from the Catholic left

    Rabbi Michael Feinberg on multi-faith labor organizing and what he learned from the Catholic left

    Rabbi Michael Feinberg is the executive director of The Greater New York Labor-Religion Coalition, whose goal is to build a long term alliance between the faith community and labor movements in New York City. He's spent decades as a multi-faith activist building diverse coalitions to advocate for workers' rights. In this interview, we discuss why he prefers the term "multi-faith" to "interfaith," what he learned from Father Daniel Berrigan's radical anti-nuclear protests, the heritage of Bundism (historical secular Jewish socialist movement), and what he thinks the role the faith community can play in the fight for worker's rights.

    • 51 min

Customer Reviews

CleverNameIsClever ,

I love it

I'm an atheist, but I've always been interested in religion and theology. This podcast really makes me examine my own beliefs, and I aprreciate it for that.

DavidBelch ,

A voice for an often-ignored intersection

For many Americans, religiosity is equivalent to conservative politics and leftism is practiced secularly. I love that this podcast breaks that dichotomy and looks at people who live in that intersection. The Religious Left is small, but offers an important perspective on the liberation of all marginalized people. Jesus was a socialist!

DrPsychology ,

Could be great but needs focus

If you’re looking for a discussion of LGB issues among fiscally liberal people of faith, then this podcast is for you. By getting in the weeds with peripheral social issues, verging on grievance studies at times, this otherwise important discussion of the linkages between faith and democratic socialism will be made unapproachable to most. Given the prospective content suggested by the title, this podcast should work for me, and yet it doesn’t.

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